Alicia Keys decided to get some help to kick off the Grammys and it drove the crowd wild.
The singer brought on fellow musicians Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to start the show, but that’s not all.
Michelle Obama walks out on the Grammys stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and J. Lo. pic.twitter.com/tfjPpjRQ2G
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 11, 2019
Former first lady Michelle Obama surprised everyone at the Grammys as she joined these strong female performers on stage for the opening and had a few words to say as well.
The audience could not contain their excitement as their thunderous applause interrupted her but she was happy to wait and restart her speech.
— CBS (@CBS) February 11, 2019
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that’s true for everybody here,” said Obama.
She went on to say, “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters — every story within every voice, every note within every song, is that right ladies?”
Alicia Keys took the moment to follow up Obama’s speech cheering, “Who run the world!”
Post her appearance, Obama took to Twitter to reminisce in the moment and give a shoutout to Keys.
A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music! pic.twitter.com/8cMhTmsClA
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 11, 2019
…while the internet was as shocked and overjoyed as the audience as they posted their reactions to Obama’s grand entrance.
— Annalise Limp (@BrownskinReggie) February 11, 2019
michelle obama winning a grammy for legend of the year
— ???? ♥ (@kobychill) February 11, 2019
should’ve just gone ahead and ended the grammys after michelle obama’s cameo
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 11, 2019
We never deserved Michelle Obama ? pic.twitter.com/9RS7pIOGrK
— Shannon (@shae_dog) February 11, 2019
— Vinciane Ngomsi (@VincianeNgomsi) February 11, 2019
Queen Michelle Obama: *breathes*
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) February 11, 2019